Suresh Raina turns 32: Ten interesting facts about India's T20 behemoth

Suresh Raina turns 32: Ten interesting facts about India's T20 behemoth

10 facts about Raina, an IPL and T20 superstar and the first Indian with hundreds in all three formats.

Updated: November 27, 2018 9:45 AM IST | Edited By: CricketCountry Staff
Suresh Raina, born on November 27, 1986, today turns 32. The left-hand batsman has played 226 ODIs, 78 T20Is and 18 Test matches for India with a combined return of 7,988 runs and seven centuries and 48 half-centuries. In addition to this, he is the IPL s leading run-getter and has won three IPL trophies with Chennai Super Kings. On his 32nd birthday, here are 10 interesting facts about Raina. 1. Kashmiri roots Suresh Raina s father Trilok Chand hails from Rainawari in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. His mother, is from Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. However, his family settled in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. Raina is one of five siblings as he has three elder brothers named, Dinesh, Mukesh and Naresh. He also has a sister named Renu. 2. The UP sports hostel setup As a teenager, Raina had to leave Ghaziabad and move to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, to join one of the state s sports hostels. From arriving there in 1999, Raina worked his way up the age groups. According to the rules, he was allowed to keep his room in the hostel for up to seven years. It was only in 2006, when he was already an India player, that Raina vacated it. 3. At 16, an India Under-19 debut Raina was 16 when he was first selected to represent India Under-19s on a tour to England. In his first match, he scored 72 in an unofficial four-day Test for a team led by Manvinder Bisla and featuring Ambati Rayudu and Irfan Pathan, his future India teammates. Tim Bresnan was a prominent face in that England team. 4. A duck on India debut Called into the senior Indian team at the age of 18 after his success in domestic cricket and for representative Indian sides, Raina s international debut was not a day to remember. Against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on July 30, 2005, the left-hand batsman was dismissed very first ball by none other than Muttiah Muralitharan. Bagging a duck on ODI debut put him in the company of Sachin Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan. 9. A proper finisher In 55 successful ODI run-chases for India when Raina has batted, the 32-year-old averages 66.60 at a strike-rate of 101.74 with two hundreds and 13 half-centuries. That average is behind only Kohli (98.93), MS Dhoni (97.81) and Rayudu (116.60) and only Virender Sehwag has a better strike-rate (105.96) 10. A vocational chef Raina has said in a few interviews that he likes cooking. In a chat with ESPNcricinfo, he revealed that during his first tour as a captain of the Indian team, he had cooked for the whole team along with Ashok Dinda.
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